Sign Of The Times

From Pew:

Many young adults have felt the impact of the recession and the economy’s sluggish recovery in tangible ways. Just under half (49%) of adults ages 18 to 34 say that because of economic conditions over the past few years, they have taken a job they didn’t want in order to pay the bills. More than a third (35%) say they have gone back to school because of the bad economy. And, one-in-four (24%) say they have taken an unpaid job to gain work experience.

A concrete example: in the wake of the infamous, openly racist Republican Super Bowl ad in Michigan, the actress apologizes:

Lisa Chan, the actress who appeared in Pete Hoekstra’s racist Superbowl ad, has apologized for her role on Facebook:

“I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities. As a recent college grad who has spent time working to improve communities and empower those without a voice, this role is not in any way representative of who I am. It was absolutely a mistake on my part and one that, over time, I hope can be forgiven. I feel horrible about my participation and I am determined to resolve my actions.”

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  • http://www.tarheelred.com/ Pino

    Just under half (49%) of adults ages 18 to 34 say that because of economic conditions over the past few years, they have taken a job they didn’t want in order to pay the bills.

    Holy shit! The humanity!

    I acknowledge the economy has hurt our young workers, though we don’t seem to really care about that; we enact laws that price them out of the labor market in even the best of times. But serious, that question by Pew is silly.

    Having to take a job just to pay the bills – who DOES that?